‘Workation’ (noun), EN – A blend of ‘work’ and ‘vacation’.
‘Workation’: It’s a strange concept, isn’t it? We go on holiday, and we take our laptops and tablets by kidding ourselves that we will actually get “some work done” when we’re away. But we don’t. These devices stay either unopened on our hotel room’s tables, or we use them to catch up on the latest episode of our favourite series. The same can be said for our smartphones; oh, we use them to take a picture of *that* sunset, *those* selfies, and the latest local never-tried-before food. But do we use them to take a look at those emails we said we’d catch up on? No. We don’t.
Cue your return to work, and then you’re confronted with mountain of emails, some missed deadlines, and the cloak of “the fear” stalking you.
But as Hostinger has repeatedly proven since 2016, a ‘workation’ doesn’t have to be this way….
Some background to the workation
In 2016, Hostinger began experimenting with the idea of the workation and how to do it properly. Based on its company ethos of placing the customer at the heart of everything it does, it adopted the workation concept based on the idea of happy Hostinger employees creating happy Hostinger customers.
Describing the motivation behind making its employees as happy as possible, Hostinger’s Head of Product, Giedrius Zakaitis said:
At our company we believe that happy and rested person can be much more productive. There are many research studies which confirm that improving work and personal life balance means fewer sick days and decreased stress at work. Naturally, it results in much higher happiness level at work.
In short, the process Giedrius outlined is cyclical: a happy employee = happy professional life; happy professional life = happier personal life; happier personal life = more relaxed and efficient employee.
Hostinger also believes that by bringing employees from different teams together in a new environment, then new ideas – and future great results – are created.
Finally, a workation does not have to be expensive. Whilst our employees have been as far as Brazil and Indonesia over the last few years, our most recent workation took place in Tenerife. What’s more, if you are self-employed and unable to take holiday, take your work materials to a local coffee shop and work from there. If you’re a contracted worker, then put in a request to work from home. After all, a change is as good as a rest!
The outcome of the last workation
The last Hostinger workation took place at the end of the first quarter of 2018 in Tenerife. It combined new and established members from the marketing, product, and HR team to help create the upcoming OKR goals of Q2, 2018.
Giedrius explained that the biggest takeaway from the last Hostinger was “getting to know colleagues from other teams, and increasing trust amongst employees. Moreover, being in a non-office-based, informal environment, means everyone is more relaxed. This leads to more beneficial discussions, which then lead to more creative solutions being implemented across all Hostinger departments.”
During the last workation, we also launched our Spring Flash Sale. Since our successful Black Friday event last November, we received a huge number of requests from our loyal customers to run a similar sale campaign with equally large discounts. During our trip, we decided to take action and implemented a Spring Flash Sale not from our office, but straight from Tenerife. If you’d like to discover more about the sale, you can read about it in our March Monthly Roundup.
Additionally, we used our time in Tenerife to reflect on our successes and failures from Q1 2018. Whilst setting ambitious goals for the future will help us sustain the massive levels of growth we have experienced over the last few years, another company philosophy at Hostinger is the reflect on past mistakes. We believe that by looking at the past, we will be better prepared for the future.
When looking over Q1 2018, we identified that the main issues we faced were a struggle to keep focus, and an efficient use of our time. Through a number of discussions and disagreements, we identified what we need to do in order to improve these areas, and by the end of the workation, we had set a comprehensive goals and milestones we wish to achieve in Q2 2018. At the time of writing and with one month of Q2 having already passed, we are much happier about our level of focus, the numbers of positive user feedback are through the roof and we feel we are getting closer to where we want to be as a company. Furthermore, we do not plan on stopping.
Have you ever been on a ‘workation’? If you have, let us know more about it and whether it worked for you. Also, feel free to find out more about Hostinger’s continuous strive for a perfect work-life by clicking here.